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Published: 31 January 2023
Journal: Non-Coding RNA
Non-Coding RNA, Volume 9; https://doi.org/10.3390/ncrna9010012
Cancer is responsible for more than 10 million deaths every year. Metastasis and drug resistance lead to a poor survival rate and are a major therapeutic challenge. Substantial evidence demonstrates that an increasing number of long non-coding RNAs are dysregulated in cancer, including the long intergenic non-coding RNA, regulator of reprogramming (linc-ROR), which mostly exerts its role as an onco-lncRNA acting as a competing endogenous RNA that sequesters micro RNAs. Although the properties of linc-ROR in relation to some cancers have been reviewed in the past, active research appends evidence constantly to a better comprehension of the role of linc-ROR in different stages of cancer. Moreover, the molecular details and some recent papers have been omitted or partially reported, thus the importance of this review aimed to contribute to the up-to-date understanding of linc-ROR and its implication in cancer tumorigenesis, progression, metastasis, and chemoresistance. As the involvement of linc-ROR in cancer is elucidated, an improvement in diagnostic and prognostic tools could promote and advance in targeted and specific therapies in precision oncology.
Published: 1 December 2022
by Elsevier BV
Journal: Molecular and Cellular Probes
Molecular and Cellular Probes, Volume 66; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mcp.2022.101868
Published: 29 September 2021
Journal: Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine
Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine, Volume 23; https://doi.org/10.1017/erm.2021.15
The proliferation, metastasis and therapy response of tumour cells are tightly regulated by interaction among various signalling networks. The microRNAs (miRNAs) can bind to 3′-UTR of mRNA and down-regulate expression of target gene. The miRNAs target various molecular pathways in regulating biological events such as apoptosis, differentiation, angiogenesis and migration. The aberrant expression of miRNAs occurs in cancers and they have both tumour-suppressor and tumour-promoting functions. On the contrary, SOX proteins are capable of binding to DNA and regulating gene expression. SOX2 is a well-known member of SOX family that its overexpression in different cancers to ensure progression and stemness. The present review focuses on modulatory impact of miRNAs on SOX2 in affecting growth, migration and therapy response of cancers. The lncRNAs and circRNAs can function as upstream mediators of miRNA/SOX2 axis in cancers. In addition, NF-κB, TNF-α and SOX17 are among other molecular pathways regulating miRNA/SOX2 axis in cancer. Noteworthy, anti-cancer compounds including bufalin and ovatodiolide are suggested to regulate miRNA/SOX2 axis in cancers. The translation of current findings to clinical course can pave the way to effective treatment of cancer patients and improve their prognosis.
Published: 28 August 2021
Journal: Cancer and Metastasis Reviews
Cancer and Metastasis Reviews, Volume 40, pp 691-720; https://doi.org/10.1007/s10555-021-09979-x
The ever-growing perception of cancer stem cells (CSCs) as a plastic state rather than a hardwired defined entity has evolved our understanding of the functional and biological plasticity of these elusive components in malignancies. Pancreatic cancer (PC), based on its biological features and clinical evolution, is a prototypical example of a CSC-driven disease. Since the discovery of pancreatic CSCs (PCSCs) in 2007, evidence has unraveled their control over many facets of the natural history of PC, including primary tumor growth, metastatic progression, disease recurrence, and acquired drug resistance. Consequently, the current near-ubiquitous treatment regimens for PC using aggressive cytotoxic agents, aimed at ‘‘tumor debulking’’ rather than eradication of CSCs, have proven ineffective in providing clinically convincing improvements in patients with this dreadful disease. Herein, we review the key hallmarks as well as the intrinsic and extrinsic resistance mechanisms of CSCs that mediate treatment failure in PC and enlist the potential CSC-targeting ‘natural agents’ that are gaining popularity in recent years. A better understanding of the molecular and functional landscape of PCSC-intrinsic evasion of chemotherapeutic drugs offers a facile opportunity for treating PC, an intractable cancer with a grim prognosis and in dire need of effective therapeutic advances.
Published: 9 July 2021
Medicine, Volume 100; https://doi.org/10.1097/md.0000000000026535
Background: Accumulating studies have focused on the clinicopathological and prognostic roles of large intergenic noncoding RNA regulator of reprogramming (lincRNA-ROR) in cancer patients. However, the results were controversial and unconvincing. Thus, we performed a meta-analysis to assess the associations between lincRNA-ROR expression and survival and clinicopathological characteristics of cancer patients. Methods: Hazard ratios for overall survival and disease-free survival with their 95% confidence intervals were used to evaluate the role of lincRNA-ROR expression in the prognosis of cancer patients. Risk ratios with their 95% confidence intervals were applied to assess the relationship between lincRNA-ROR expression and clinicopathological parameters. Results: A total of 18 articles with 1441 patients were enrolled. Our results indicated that high lincRNA-ROR expression was significant associated with tumor size, TNM stage, clinical stage, lymph metastasis, metastasis and vessel invasion of cancer patients. There were no correlations between high lincRNA-ROR expression and age, gender, infiltration depth, differentiation, serum CA19–9 and serum CEA of cancer patients. In addition, high lincRNA-ROR expression was associated with shorter Overall survival and disease-free survival on both univariate and multivariate analyses. Meanwhile, there were no obvious publication bias in our meta-analysis. Conclusions: LincRNA-ROR expression was associated with the clinicopathological features and outcome of cancer patients, which suggested that lincRNA-ROR might serve as a potential biomarker for cancer prognosis. Ethical approval: Since this study is on the basis of published articles, ethical approval and informed consent of patients are not required.
Published: 1 May 2021
by CMV Verlag
Journal: Iranian Biomedical Journal
Iranian Biomedical Journal, Volume 25, pp 157-168; https://doi.org/10.52547/ibj.25.3.157
LINC-ROR, as a cancer-related lncRNA, has vital roles in stem cell survival, pluripotency, differentiation, and self-renewal in hESCs. However, cancer-related molecular mechanisms, its functional roles, and clinical value of LINC-ROR in GC remain unclear. In this study, we aimed to investigate probable interplay between LINC-ROR with SALL4 stemness regulator and their role with the development of the disease. The mRNA expression profile of LINC-ROR and SALL4 was assessed in tumoral and adjacent non-cancerous tissues of GC patients, using quantitative real-time PCR. Significant LINC-ROR underexpression and SALL4 overexpression were observed in 55.81% and 75.58% (p < 0.0001) of samples, respectively. The expression of LINC-ROR and SALL4 were significantly correlated with each other (p = 0.044). There was an association between the underexpression of LINC-ROR and sex, stage of tumor progression, tumor type, and location of tumor (p < 0.05), and H. pylori infection with SALL4 expression (p = 0.036). There were also significant correlations between concomitant mRNA expression of SALL4 and LINC-ROR in tumors located at distal noncardiac, positive for H. pylori infection, tumors with invasion into the muscle layer of the stomach, and grade II tumor (p < 0.05). The clinical results of the SALL4-LINC-ROR association propose a probable functional interaction between these markers in tumor maintenance and aggressiveness. Our study can help to understand one of the mechanisms involved in the progression of GC through the function of these regulators.
Published: 19 February 2021
Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, Volume 21, pp 1-8; https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2021.9804
MicroRNA-145-5p (miR-145-5p) is expressed in a variety of tumors, but the mechanism underlying miR-145-5p in tongue squamous cell carcinoma (TSCC) is not fully understood. Therefore, the present study investigated the role of miR-145-5p in TSCC. miR-145-5p expression levels in TSCC tissues were analyzed via reverse transcription-quantitative PCR. miR-145-5p mimics and inhibitors were transfected into SCC9 and Cal27 cells. The stability and invasion of SCC9 and Cal27 cells were analyzed by performing Transwell assays, while PI and Annexin V were used to detect cell apoptosis. Oxidative stress levels of superoxide dismutase, malondialdehyde and glutathione peroxidase were measured via ELISA. PI3K/AKT signaling pathway-associated protein expression levels were evaluated using western blotting. miR-145-5p was consistently downregulated in TSCC tissues compared with healthy tissues. miR-145-5p overexpression decreased cell stability and invasion, but promoted cell apoptosis and oxidative stress. In addition, PI3K, AKT and phosphorylated-AKT expression levels were significantly diminished. The results indicated that miR-145-5p overexpression inhibited SCC9 and Cal27 cell stability and invasion, promoted SCC9 and Cal27 cell apoptosis and oxidative stress, and inhibited the PI3K/AKT signaling pathway. The results of the present study suggested that miR-145 may serve as a molecular marker of TSCC.
Published: 24 December 2020
Journal: Iubmb Life
Iubmb Life, Volume 73, pp 307-327; https://doi.org/10.1002/iub.2430
Long non‐coding RNAs (lncRNA) have been emerged as a novel class of molecular regulators in cancer. They are dysregulated in many types of cancer; however, there is not enough knowledge available on their expression and functional profiles. Lung cancer is the leading cause of the cancer deaths worldwide. Generally, lncRNAs may be associated with lung tumor pathogenesis and they may act as biomarkers for the cancer prognosis and diagnosis. Compared to other invasive prognostic and diagnostic methods, detection of lncRNAs might be a user‐friendly and noninvasive method. In this review article, we selected 27 tumor‐associated lncRNAs by literature reviewing to further discussing in detail for using as diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in lung cancer. Also, in an in silico target analysis, the “Experimentally supported functional regulation” approach of the LncTarD web tool was used to identifying the target genes and regulatory mechanisms of the selected lncRNAs. The reports on diagnostic and prognostic potential of all selected lncRNAs were discussed. However, the target genes and regulatory mechanisms of the 22 lncRNAs were identified by in silico analysis and we found the pathways that are controlled by each target group of lncRNAs. They use epigenetic mechanisms, ceRNA mechanisms, protein interaction and sponge mechanism. Also, 10, 23, 5, and 28 target genes for each of these mechanisms were identified, respectively. Finally, each group of target genes controls 50, 12, 7, and 2 molecular pathways, respectively. In conclusion, LncRNAs could be used as biomarkers in lung cancer due to their roles in control of several signaling pathways related to lung tumors. Also, it seems that lncRNAs, which use epigenetic mechanisms for modulating a large number of pathways, could be considered as important subjects for lung cancer‐related diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers.
Published: 17 December 2020
by Elsevier BV
Journal: Seminars in Cancer Biology
Seminars in Cancer Biology, Volume 75, pp 38-48; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.semcancer.2020.12.012
Epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a cellular process in which cells composing epithelial tissue lose requirements for physical contact with neighboring cells and acquire mesenchymal characteristics consisting of increased migratory and invasive behaviors. EMT is a fundamental process that is required for initial and later events during embryogenesis. Cancer stem cells (CSCs) possess multipotency sufficient for their differentiation into bulk tumor cells and also have the capacity to undergo EMT. When CSCs initiate EMT programs the resulting cancerous mesenchymal cells become invasive and this migratory behavior also poises them for metastatic activity. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are functional RNA molecules that do not encode proteins, yet regulate the expression of protein-coding genes through recruitment or sequestration of gene-regulatory proteins and microRNAs. lncRNA exhibit tissue-specific patterns of gene expression during development and specific sets of lncRNAs are also involved in various cancer types. This review considers the interplay between lncRNAs and the biogenesis of CSCs. We also review function of lncRNAs in EMT in CSCs. In addition, we discuss the utility of lncRNAs as biomarkers of cancer progression, and their potential use as therapeutic targets for treatment of cancer.
Published: 3 December 2019
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry pp 1-13; https://doi.org/10.1080/09168451.2019.1694404
The role of linc00472 in lung cancer (LC) has been rarely reported. We aimed to study the role of linc00472 in LC progression. Expressions of linc00472 and miR-196b-5p in LC cell lines were measured by qRT-PCR. The targeting relationship between linc00472 and miR-196b-5p was determined by Starbase and dual-luciferase reporter. The viability, migration, invasion, and apoptosis of LC cells were determined using CCK-8 assay, scratch test, transwell assay, and flow cytometry, respectively. The levels of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT)-related proteins and apoptosis-related proteins in LC cells were determined by western blot. Down-regulated linc00472 was observed in five LC cell lines. Linc00472 overexpression suppressed viability, migration, invasion and EMT process, but elevated apoptotic rate in LC cells. MiR-196b-5p mimic promoted viability, migration, invasion, and EMT process, but decreased apoptotic rate, which was reversed by up-regulated linc00472. Linc00472 functioned as a cancer suppressor via negatively regulating miR-196b-5p of LC cells. Graphical abstract Up-regulated linc00472 suppressed the progression of lung cancer cell by inhibiting miR-196b-5p, suggesting a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of lung cancer.
Published: 3 November 2019
Journal: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Journal of Cellular Biochemistry, Volume 121, pp 2510-2524; https://doi.org/10.1002/jcb.29473
Several long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been identified in various malignant tumors and determined to contribute to the process of tumorigenesis, including that of colorectal cancer (CRC). Cancer stem cells (CSCs) have been demonstrated to promote the expansion and maintain the invasion and metastasis of cancer cells, owing to their self-renewal capacity. However, the underlying modulation mechanism of CSC-associated lncRNAs in CRC remains largely unclear. Using integrated bioinformatic analysis, we identified a novel lncRNA (lncRNA-cCSC1) that is highly expressed in CRC and colorectal cancer stem cells (CRCSCs). The biological functions of lncRNA-cCSC1 were assessed in vitro and vivo through the silencing or upregulation of its expression. The depletion of lncRNA-cCSC1 markedly inhibited the self-renewal capacity of the CRCSCs and reduced their drug resistance to 5-fluorouracil. In contrast, lncRNA-cCSC1 overexpression increased the self-renewal effect. Furthermore, aberrant lncRNA-cCSC1 expression resulted in a concomitant alteration of smoothened (SMO) and GLI family zinc finger 1 (Gli1) expression in the Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway. Our study is the first to identify a novel lncRNA-cCSC1 in CRC and to indicate that it may regulate CSC-like properties via the Hh signaling pathway. Thus, lncRNA-cCSC1 could be a potential biomarker and promising therapeutic target for CRC.
Published: 19 December 2018
Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Volume 23, pp 1865-1872; https://doi.org/10.1111/jcmm.14087
The long intergenic non‐protein coding RNA regulator of reprogramming (lncRNA‐ROR) has been reported to play crucial regulatory roles in the pathogenesis and progression of multiple cancers. However, whether ROR is associated with the initiation and development of osteosarcoma (OS) remains unclear. Here, we found that ROR expression level was significantly up‐regulated in OS tissue samples compared to adjacent normal tissues, and the elevated ROR was closely correlated with advanced tumour‐node‐metastasis (TNM) stage and lymph node metastasis and poor overall survival rate. Functional assays showed that ROR knockdown suppressed the OS cell proliferation, colony formation, migration and invasion in vitro, and retarded tumour growth in vivo. In addition, miR‐206 was verified to be a target miRNA of ROR using bioinformatics online program and luciferase report assay. miR‐206 inhibition partially rescued the inhibitory effects on OS cells induced by ROR knockdown. In conclusion, these results suggested that ROR function as an oncogene in OS by sponging miR‐206 and might be a potential therapeutic target for patients with OS.
Published: 1 October 2018
Journal: Cancer Management and Research
Cancer Management and Research, pp 4641-4652; https://doi.org/10.2147/cmar.s174143
Long noncoding RNA ROR as a novel biomarker for progress and prognosis outcome in human cancer: a meta-analysis in the Asian population Shengquan Yang,1,2,* Jian Chen,1,* Yang Yu,3,* Deli Li,4 Mengyuan Huang,1 Li Yuan,4 Guoyong Yin1 1Department of Orthopaedics, The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Orthopaedics, The No.1 People’s Hospital of Yancheng, Yancheng, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Digestion, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China; 4Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Background: Long intergenic non-protein coding RNA, a regulator of reprogramming (ROR), has been found to play an oncogene role in various human malignant tumors. This meta-analysis aimed to synthesize available data to verify the association between clinical prognosis value and ROR expression level.Materials and methods: We performed a systematic search by using PubMed (Medline), Embase, Cochrane Library, ScienceDirect, Springer, and ISI Web of Knowledge from inception to November 15, 2017. Eleven studies with 903 patients were included in this meta-analysis according to the exclusion and inclusion criteria, and the quality of the publications was assessed by using the Newcastle-Ottawa Scale. Pooled odds ratios (OR) and hazard ratios (HR) with 95% CI were used to describe the effect.Results: The results showed that overexpression of ROR is positively associated with lymph node metastasis (OR=4.472, 95% CI: 3.212–6.225, Z=8.87, P=0.000), tumor invasion depth (OR=9.93, 95% CI: 5.33–18.47, Z=7.24, P
Published: 28 September 2018
Background: There is a dispute on the prognostic value of long non-coding RNA regulator of reprogramming (lncRNA ROR) in cancers. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the prognostic significance of lncRNA ROR expression in human cancers. Methods: PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library were searched to look for relevant studies. The meta-analyses of prognostic and clinicopathological parameters (CPs) were conducted. Results: A total of ten studies were finally included into the meta-analysis. High lncRNA ROR expression was significantly associated with shorter overall survival (hazard ratio [HR] = 2.88, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 2.16–3.84, P<0.01) and disease-free survival (HR = 3.25, 95% CI = 2.30–4.60, P<0.01) compared with low lncRNA ROR expression. Besides, high lncRNA ROR expression was obviously related to more advanced clinical stage (P<0.01), earlier tumor metastasis (P=0.02), lymph node metastasis (P<0.01), and vascular invasion (P<0.01) compared with low lncRNA ROR expression. However, there was no significant correlation between lncRNA ROR expression and other CPs, including age (P=0.18), gender (P=0.33), tumor size (P=0.25), or tumor differentiation (P=0.13). Conclusion: High lncRNA ROR expression was associated with worse prognosis in cancers. LncRNA ROR expression could serve as an unfavorable prognostic factor in various cancers.
Published: 14 September 2018
Journal: Cellular Oncology
Cellular Oncology, Volume 41, pp 585-603; https://doi.org/10.1007/s13402-018-0406-4
Tumors contain a functional subpopulation of cells that exhibit stem cell properties. These cells, named cancer stem cells (CSCs), play significant roles in the initiation and progression of cancer. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) can act at the transcriptional, posttranscriptional and translational level. As such, they may be involved in various biological processes such as DNA damage repair, inflammation, metabolism, cell survival, cell signaling, cell growth and differentiation. Accumulating evidence indicates that lncRNAs are key regulators of the CSC subpopulation, thereby contributing to cancer progression. The aim of this review is to overview current knowledge about the functional role and the mechanisms of action of lncRNAs in the initiation, maintenance and regulation of CSCs derived from different neoplasms. These lncRNAs include CTCF7, ROR, DILC, HOTAIR, H19, HOTTIP, ATB, HIF2PUT, SOX2OT, MALAT-1, CUDR, Lnc34a, Linc00617, DYNC2H1–4, PVT1, SOX4 and ARSR Uc.283-plus. Furthermore, we will illustrate how lncRNAs may regulate asymmetric CSC division and contribute to self-renewal, drug resistance and EMT, thus affecting the metastasis and recurrence of different cancers. In addition, we will highlight the implications of targeting lncRNAs to improve the efficacy of conventional drug therapies and to hamper CSC survival and proliferation.
Published: 30 October 2017
Oncotarget, Volume 8, pp 110685-110692; https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.22161
// <![CDATA[ $('.header-date').hide();$('#titleAuthors').hide();$('#abstractHeader').hide(); // ]]> Shusen Chen1, *, Jiamin Zhu1, *, Feng Wang1, *, Zhifeng Guan1, Yangyang Ge1, Xi Yang2 and Jing Cai1 1Department of Radiation Oncology, Nantong Tumor Hospital, Affiliated Tumor Hospital of Nantong University, Nantong, 226321, China 2Department of Radiation Oncology, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, Department of Oncology, Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University, Shanghai, 200032, China *These authors have contributed equally to this work Correspondence to: Jing Cai, email: [email protected] Xi Yang, email: [email protected] Keywords: cancer stem cells; lncRNA; cancer biology Received: June 14, 2017 Accepted: September 08, 2017 Published: October 30, 2017 ABSTRACT Cancer stem cells (CSCs) play a vital role in the formation of tumors and have been studied as a target of anticancer therapy. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are important in the genesis and progression of cancer. Various lncRNAs, such as ROR, HOTAIR, H19, UCA1, and ARSR, are involved in cancer stemness. These lncRNAs could regulate the expression of CSC-related transcriptional factors, such as SOX2, OCT4, and NANOG, in colorectal, prostate, bladder, breast, liver, and other cancer types. In this work, we review the progress of lncRNAs and cancer stem cells and discuss the potential signal pathways of lncRNAs in cancer stemness.
Published: 5 September 2017
International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Volume 18; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms18091903
Radiotherapy is a well-established therapeutic regimen applied to treat at least half of all cancer patients worldwide. Radioresistance of cancers or failure to treat certain tumor types with radiation is associated with enhanced local invasion, metastasis and poor prognosis. Elucidation of the biological characteristics underlying radioresistance is therefore critical to ensure the development of effective strategies to resolve this issue, which remains an urgent medical problem. Cancer stem cells (CSCs) comprise a small population of tumor cells that constitute the origin of most cancer cell types. CSCs are virtually resistant to radiotherapy, and consequently contribute to recurrence and disease progression. Metastasis is an increasing problem in resistance to cancer radiotherapy and closely associated with the morbidity and mortality rates of several cancer types. Accumulating evidence has demonstrated that radiation induces epithelial–mesenchymal transition (EMT) accompanied by increased cancer recurrence, metastasis and CSC generation. CSCs are believed to serve as the basis of metastasis. Previous studies indicate that CSCs contribute to the generation of metastasis, either in a direct or indirect manner. Moreover, the heterogeneity of CSCs may be responsible for organ specificity and considerable complexity of metastases. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a class of noncoding molecules over 200 nucleotides in length involved in the initiation and progression of several cancer types. Recently, lncRNAs have attracted considerable attention as novel critical regulators of cancer progression and metastasis. In the current review, we have discussed lncRNA-mediated regulation of CSCs following radiotherapy, their association with tumor metastasis and significance in radioresistance of cancer.
Published: 23 August 2017
International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Volume 18; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms18091833
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles in the progression of human cancer. Although previous reports have shown that miR-145-5p is down-regulated in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), the roles and mechanisms of down-regulation of miR-145-5p in ESCC are still largely unknown. Using microRNA microarray and Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) datasets, we confirmed that miR-145-5p was down-regulated in ESCC tissues. In vitro assays revealed that ectopic miR-145-5p expression repressed cell proliferation, migration, invasion and epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT). miR-145-5p also reduced the expressions of cell cycle genes including cyclin A2 (CCNA2), cyclin D1 (CCND1) and cyclin E1 (CCNE1), the EMT-associated transcription factor Slug, and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) including MMP2, MMP7 and MMP13. Furthermore, miR-145-5p mimics reduced candidate target gene specificity protein 1 (Sp1) and nuclear factor κ B (NF-κB) (p65) both in mRNA and protein levels. Knockdown of Sp1 phenocopied the effects of miR-145-5p overexpression on cell cycle regulators, EMT and the expression of NF-κB (p65). Importantly, inhibition of the NF-κB signaling pathway or knockdown of NF-κB (p65) phenocopied the effects of miR-145-5p on the migration, invasion and EMT of ESCC cells. In conclusion, our results suggested that miR-145-5p plays tumor-suppressive roles by inhibiting esophageal cancer cell migration, invasion and EMT through regulating the Sp1/NF-κB signaling pathway.